Monday, February 24, 2014


I rolled out of bed this morning thinking dejectedly that I'd not posted in about two years and there's absolutely no time today to miniature in any way either than to doodle out plans for various pieces. Nevertheless, I got home and immediately broke out the hot glue gun. I have a feeling that these shelf-y things are going to be created for a while now that I like making them and find that it's easy. If only I had an etsy shop :(

I begin by making a rectangular box of mat board.

Then I paint and add wood for the cabinets.

Ooooh, a sneak peak :D I love sneak peaks.

You can just barely see the living room... Of course nobody will be able to view it until the public release of the house in LESS THAN TWO MONTHS!!!!

I tried using black paint instead of building the box of wood and staining, which is what I did last time. 

Can you believe that the Undersized Urbanite Dollhouse Contest is in 69 days?! I feel like I started about two minutes ago and I should be screaming and jumping around and freaking out!

What I've got left for this house is the office, the master bath, the bedroom flooring, and potentially a laundry room. There's so much to do in so little time *cringe*

Also as an experiment, I made another chair for my growing collection of desks.

This craft foam didn't even dissolve when I spray-painted it. I have no clue what's with that.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Eventually I get around to doing things... eventually...

It's been quite a while since I last posted! Shame on me for assuming my schedule would quiet down after ball season's over. 

I've always wanted to make one of those modern shelf-y things but I didn't have any wood, and besides everyone else laser cuts everything, yet I'm way too young to do any of that, so I've really just ignored the plans for the piece. 

I stained the wood in the last desk about three years ago, but I figured the same stain would work again. It's actually dark furniture polish.

It's really messy, but it works and it hasn't got any dangerous fumes or anything.

I let it sit overnight. 

I used scissors and a crafting knife to cut the wood. The handles and the legs are toothpicks. 


It was not as hard as I thought it would be. :D

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Desk #3

I just really like desks. I don't even know why. I like them in not miniature size too, but I really have fun making miniature desks.

I'm using balsa wood, which is very fragile, and I broke a bit off accidentally.

First reaction- Oh no I just ruined my wood! Second thought- This can easily be fixed.

I hot glued the wood back on, then sanded lightly.

Can you even tell that there's a flaw there? I can't.

While I was cutting wire for the support, I wasn't being the most careful with my fingers and snipped through a fair amount of my fingertip. I now have a healthy respect for my scissors, and have learned how to properly hold them. Always a good thing to learn.

I made a scene with the desk.

The lamp is new, too. I made it out of clay, a Q-tip, and metal buttons. I first sculpted the top, pressing the Q-tip into the clay to make a hole for it to fit after baking. While it was baking, I glued the beads together, putting the heaviest on the bottom. I twisted the Q-tip into shape, then glued everything down. Then I spray-painted it. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Reusing Old Furniture

Experimenting with pillows is actually really fun. I put the first attempt from yesterday in a scene.

I don't mind using and reusing the same furniture over and over again, but the same pieces do get a little old. Traditionally, I make all my furniture in the summer, then do my decorating in the winter, but I think it would be okay if I just paused sometimes and made completely and totally random furniture unrelated to any contests.

I've used this desk before.

I was joined by a friend!


Friday, February 7, 2014


You saw that coming, don't say you didn't.

Yes, I chose the bedroom. The living room plan however, was good too, so I'll keep the plan for that.

I constructed a bed out of cardboard, and I made tons of pillows in attempt to fit the bed.

First attempt:

Second attempt:

The pillow would've been perfect except the rest of the bed is white :( that really ruins it.

The third attempt worked. 

It looks exactly like the pillow in the living room except it's larger. The backboard of the bed is spray-painted black.

I think this would be the perfect room to put a rug. But before that I need to add the flooring.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another Tough Decision

Another day of miniatures ahead :). I have started on what is either going to be the living room, or going to be the bedroom. It is a rather large room so that is why it might the the living room, but then again, my mock-up bed is rather large and I couldn't make it to be smaller and still look realistic. It also won't fit in a regular sized shoe box. 

Here's my idea for the living room.

I do already have a living room, so if I decide to use the bedroom idea, I can use my current one instead of renaming it the family room.

I had an empty space at the back of the room that I filled with a piece of furniture from another tutorial by Kris at 1 Inch Minis.

My other option is the bedroom, which was my original idea, and is the most probable one I'll choose.

Of course, I won't be doing this exact thing, I'll most likely tweak it 5000 times, but this was my original plan.

Looking at these pictures, the living room looks a whole lot cooler, but the bedroom looks more practical. I'll have my decision made by my next post.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Somewhere Peaceful

I finally did it! I finally added the flooring! Yes, it took forever, but it looks nice in my standards. 

It kind of looks more like a real room now :)

The welcome mat was not hard in the least bit, it doesn't even say Welcome so I guess it really isn't a welcome mat?

Remember yesterday's scene? The picture was moved to this room.

I decided that the flip-flops would be a great idea. That's another thing to add to the list of what you can do with jewellery wire.

 I can't fathom what that little pink speck in between the boards is 0__0

Since I'm (mostly) done with this room I'll be working on the bedroom. This room is lighter than the other three so it and the living room will be on top of the others. The bedroom will have some form of wood floors too, so it will be directly on top. Though I highly doubt I'll be done after that :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Another Desk

I probably should get back to UU2014. But today I made one of those desks that lots of teenagers use because who knows when I'll need one of those.

I found this amazing wood under my bed (how did wood get there?) and immediately seized the treasure and began to craft with it. I haven't used real wood in a long time. 

I made a scene with the desk.

Several of the items are from my previous scene. 

I love how there are endless possibilities with jewellery wire. Seriously, you can make anything from a toilet paper holder to a desk. 

 I love this picture.

 This desk probably won't have a use in my current project so it will be going into the bin and waiting for an opportunity. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Just For Fun

I'm so glad to pick up the hot-glue gun again, it's been so long. If you're wondering about my last post, well, I had to make a Trojan horse for school purposes. What you can't see is the latch that opens up and reveals a catapult (I'm not kidding). 

I thought it would be fun to make a random scene. This is in no way related to the Undersized Urbanite, I'm just improvising for fun.

 Both the table and the chair are tutorials by Ginger at Lola's Mini Homes. She's participating in the contest, so you can use the link to go see her ideas. 

 The dresser used to have a white painted tree on it, but it was kind of messy, so I repainted them. The drawers can open and close.

So glad to be miniaturing again!